The Second Book of Iaddius Iohann (Arrival at Delarad, page 1 of 17)


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We traveled for the space of six days through the black, stony mountains of the Khenochian Province before reaching the city of Delarad. Usually such a march would require only three days, but, to avoid the city of Khenochia, and the Sons of Khenochia who dwelt therein, we were obliged to follow the longer course. The trek was hard and long as we traveled through narrow canyons and up steep passages. Nevertheless, we were able to reach the city of Delarad a day sooner than we had estimated.

The citizens of Delarad flocked about us as we entered through the tall gates of the city showering us with flowers and praises. We received them humbly and I bid the Captains, Orthad and Norm, to mingle among the people and to allow the soldiers the same privilege. They were all exhausted from the march, I knew, and the kindness of the people would be exceedingly beneficial for their collective moral.

I put Leah, whom I had accompanied the entire journey, into the care of Captain Norm, commanding him to keep an eye on her, and protect her, until I could make proper arrangements for her. Afterwards, I proceeded alone through the crowds, meekly accepting their flowers, praises, and warm embraces, until at last I saw someone I recognized. It was Ieronius Lucas. He was walking about through the crowd, approaching in my general direction, glancing about with his old, tired eyes. At last I caught his eye, and with a wide smile he approached me through the crowd.

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